Health Day in the works
Representatives of several organizations were at a meeting, last Thursday at the Pat Burns Arena, to discuss ideas for an ambitious event being planned for May 25th: a Health Day in Stanstead. Besides providing a venue for local service organizations to showcase their services and meet the community, Ambulance Stanstead wants to conduct a massive CPR training of over three hundred people during the event. The new “Hero in 30” program trains individuals in
thirty minutes in the new techniques (hands only) of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), many of which are installed around the Stanstead Community and in other communities in the region. After taking the free training, the ‘thirty-minute heroes’ receive a CPR certification card, also for free.
“If you live on Dufferin Street and you call the ambulance, if you’re lucky it will take 7 to 8 minutes. If you live in Beebe, it takes longer. And if the ambulance is already on the way to the hospital, you have to wait for an ambulance from Magog. That’s why this project is so important for citizens,” said Bruno Roy, a paramedic with Ambulance Stanstead who will help plan Health Day. “We were the first community in the Estrie to have AEDs placed all around. Other communities are following us. At other ambulance services around the province they talk a lot about Ambulance Stanstead and what we’ve done here,” he added.
It’s one thing to have AEDs around the community, another to convince citizens to use them, even if they haven’t been trained. “People think it’s hard to use, they might be afraid to use it. But it’s very easy to use,” explained Mr. Roy about the machine that talks people through the necessary CPR steps. “And when it comes to the law, people can use an AED on someone without any worry of being sued here in Quebec.”
The organizations that were represented at the meeting included the CSSS Memphremagog, the CAB RH Rediker, the town of Stanstead (recreation, fire department, building inspection), Pharmacy Chantal Richard, the Memphremagog Sureté du Quebec, Townshippers’ Association, the Pre-Retour program and Jeunesse-Emploi.
There will be a lot to attract people to the event, such as great door prizes like an Ipad mini, inflatable games for the children, hopefully the “Tonneau” car of the Sureté du Quebec, and quite possibly free skating since the event will be held at the Pat Burns Arena.
Discussing what activities will take place during Stanstead’s first Health Day, to be held in May, were (Left to right) Sgt. Patrice Gregoire, Sureté du Quebec; Maryse Trepanier, Stanstead Recreation; Marie-Claude Duchesne, Pre-Retour; Josee Fortin, CSSSM; Veronique Boutin, Jeunesse-Emploi; Mylene Labonté, CAB RH Rediker; Annie Roberge, Pharmacy Chantal Richard; Bruno Roy, Ambulance Stanstead; and Fire chief Chris Goodsell. Debbie Bishop, of Townshippers’ Association, also attended but can’t be seen in the photo.